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Meet Your Neighbour

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This week meet Joni Newman, a quilting celebrity who has recently relocated to Kamloops! You can use her name in conversations if you like....I am sure she will be okay with all of that!

Joni was born in Ottawa, attended school in Ottawa, and lived all of her life in Ontario until now. Actually her parents grew up in Ottawa, married, moved 6 blocks from where they grew up and then moved another 6 blocks when Joni and her siblings came along. Her parents lived in the second place all their married life until moving into a retirement home! Times have sure changed!

To get back on track....Joni attended Carlton University upon finishing High School. She started with Geology but ended up getting her degree in Business Marketing. Her career was always in sales....from Banking to Chemical Storage and loads in between.

Joni had started sewing in Grade School and loved it. She was a garment sewer and was sewing for everyone. The more she could change a pattern or embellish them the better. This evolved into Joni sewing part time, teaching on weekends and attending guild events.

In 2010 she was seriously injured and was unable to go back to her job in sales. Lucky for us, she then began quilting full time, working on her drawings and creating gorgeous quilts. She contacted Nothcott Fabrics and showed them what she was doing. Northcott promptly hired her as a designer and the rest is history!

The Stained Glass look is one of her personal favourites, but she has a large repertoire of techniques and projects. Her patterns are available at our shop and on line at

Don't forget to sign up for the Trunk Show at 2 pm on Friday Sept. 20 and Sunday Sept. 22 at 11pm. Classes in October are full and more will be posted shortly.

You can also check out more of her designs at her website:


Wendy Wilson


Wendy Wilson was in to get her certification on our APQS Millie machine. The project she chose to quilt was a great choice as it had lots of reference line to work with.

Bill was so surprised at how quickly Wendy picked up the process! I could tell from my office how smooth the machine was running and was thrilled for her!

Thank you to Wendy for spending your day with us!


Laura Napier


Laura Napier was in to long arm quilt not 1, not 2 BUT 3 quilts in one day!!!
Laura is becoming very comfortable on the long arm and can really plow through them with awesome results!

The first up is a traditional quilt with updated fabrics. The second quilt you see is a Jelly Roll Race quilt in some of my favourite colors. The third one is going to a little girl's all time favourite as it is all unicorns and stars.

Laura, I love the way you always put so much into the quilt. You really work hard to make each project appropriate to the receiver!

Thank you to Laura for sharing with us all!


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Marcia Skaarup and Her Side Kick


Take a look at this gorgeous quilt by the talented Marcia Skaarup! I love a traditional quilt and her colours are just perfect!

Marcia and her hubby, Earl, came in to long arm quilt this beauty. Earl is getting to be quite the helper on the long arm. I think Bill can feel him nipping at his heels. LOL

Thank you so much you two for coming in and sharing with us all!


Tanja Walker


Tanja Walker was in to long arm quilt her gorgeous earth toned batik quilt. I love the pattern and her placement of colours was spot on!

We don't see a lot of quilts come in that are one colour, so this one was a bit special for us. She just nailed it on her use of values in the colours.

Thank you Tanja for inspiring us all!


Paulette Eccleston


Paulette was in to long arm her gorgeous table center or wall hanging. We don't see a lot of hexagon shaped quilts come in so it is always interesting to see how they will quilt up under the long arm.

Paulette did great and the project lays nice and flat. I am wondering when she is going to deplete her fabric stash? Hmmmmmm

The second photo is a baby quilt she quilted up and it is just so darn cute! Super quick and easy and nice to have on hand! Are you at least running a bit low on fabric Paulette?????

Thank you Paulette for guilt tripping me into using some of my stash.....LOL



New Fabrics in the Building!!!


New fabrics are arriving and being welcomed with open arms! We all just love love love new fabrics! The first 2 photos are of wideback fabrics. The third is the regular width batik. And yes that is correct....the orange batik has a spider web print on it....and.....we also have it in purple!!!!
Take a peek at what is new and then wander over to the web site for all the new product:






Tammy and Hector are coming!

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Tammy and Hector Symes will be here this Thursday September 12th. Give us a call at 250-376-7630 or email me at
to let me know if you have a machine coming in. They work on all makes of sewing machines and sergers. Prices start at $89.99.

Love it when these two come to see us! I will have the Baby Bel cheese in the fridge for you Tammy!


Denim and Leather


We still have a few openings for the Denim and Leather BOM. You can choose to purchase your blocks by the month or purchase the entire kit at one time.

Each month is $39.99 and if you choose to purchase the entire kit at one time the cost is $279.99.

I loved this quilt as it works for male and female, young and old, weddings, graduations and more. Fabrics and design by Wilmington Prints.

Give us a call at 250-376-7630 or come on in to sign up.


RIH Donation Quilt

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Those very talented ladies of the RIH Auxiliary Quilters created a Whole Cloth quilt , [ queen size ] to be raffled off. There is bonus bed/table runner as well.

I should let you all know that I am sure that I have the winning ticket but we appreciate you supporting our hospital!....LOL

With 580 hours of hand stitching in the quilt it is a true heirloom. I will definitly be purchasing some tickets at $2 each. The money raised is used in different departments of the hospital for equipment.

Tickets are available at Diversity Quilt Shop, Katja's Quilt Shop and of course our shop, Heather's Fabric Shelf.

Watch for ticket sales locations and more photos on Facebook!
Visit:  @afternoonauxiliary


Joni Newman - Designer!

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This is super exciting news for everyone! Joni Newman, a designer for Northcott fabrics for many years now is coming to our shop in September to hold a Trunk Show and then classes in October!!

Her techniques are very unique and her artistry is incredible! We do have 6 of her wall hangings up in the shop but she has over 300 quilts in her collection! Joni will be showing pieced and appliqued quilts.

The date of the Trunk show is Friday September 20 at 2 pm or Sunday September 22 at 11 am. The cost is $5 for the show........but you get the $5 back when you purchase  in the shop that day!

We do need to know if you are coming so we know how many chairs. Give us a call at 250-376-7630.

Classes are filled for October.
One day classes @$60.00.
We are now taking names for the wait list with class to follow shortly.

Give us a call at 250-376-7630 to reserve your spot, come on in to sign up or find it on our web site at
Call to reserve your spot or sign up on line at


Dream Vacation with Anne Hall and Heather Fagervik!

Join Anne Hall and Heather Fagervik on a fabulous fun vacation to one of the most beautiful areas in the world! Come with us to Alaska, join in the quilt class,meet new friends and  have a wonderful holiday! Get all the details at Sew Peaceful website ttp://


APQS Lenni on sale!

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Our fun and affordable Lenni is on sale for only $9,300. That is a $2,000 discount!Prices are in USD.

With Lenni, we have transferred our Millie know-how to a smaller quilting machine. It is the essence of APQS in its simplest, purest form – a fun and affordable longarm. Everything is designed, engineered and crafted to be approachable, inviting and simple to use.

All APQS machines come with a lifetime warranty. Our very own Bill will assist you in set up and beginner course. With ongoing support and help on all your maintenance and repairs needed, Bill is your fellow to call! He is the only certified technician in BC! Yep....this girl is just a wee bit spoiled and even more proud!

Don't forget to add a Bliss Track System for only $1,000. The Bliss allows the machine to move so much smoother and even easier!

A $500 fully refundable deposit will hold your machine for you.
Give us a call at 250-376-7630.
Check it out on line at


Stitching, colouring and embellishing!!!


This week I thought we could change it up a bit by offering a free pattern by Maywood Studios, featuring embroidery as well as sewing and quilting!

The pillow finishes at 11" x 20" and is so darn cute for seasonal decorating! You will learn to use wax crayons to colour and then embellish with embroidery stitching for a show stopper of a project!

Click on the link for free download: